Road Trip: Glass Beach + Drive-Thru Tree

Glass beach is located in Fort Bragg, California. It’s about 3-hour drive up north of San Francisco. The shore is covered with small colored stones (see pictures) called beach glass. Beach glass came from trash such as glass and other appliances that were dumped on those sites (now known as glass beaches) many years ago. Over the years, those pieces of trash were broken down into beautiful little stones by waves.

Having heard a lot about it and seen beautiful pictures of it, we decided to change our plan and drove off for 5 hours to see it. It was definitely not a worthwhile experience (maybe it would be if we went there years ago when there were more beach glass). The beach itself also smells fishy. However, if you happen to be near the area, you should definitely go check out and judge for yourself :). It’s free and parking is also free and there’s plenty!

Beach Glass
Glass Beach
Glass Beach

And here are some pictures we took on the way to and in Glass Beach.

A squirrel! Isn’t he adorable?


Love the colors and styles of these houses
Are these lavenders?
In Williams, California along CA-20
It’s beautiful!!!

Drive-thru tree is located in Leggett, California. It’s a bit over an hour drive from Glass Beach. The tree has the height of 315ft and 21ft in diameter. It has maximum age of 2400 years. It’s in a small park and the fee to get in is 5$ for autos and 3$ for motorcycles. You could have picnic and spend some time in the park or just go in, drive thru the tree, take some pictures, and just leave. I think the price is reasonable!


If you guys have been to these places, let me know what you guys think :)

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